The Salvation Army was founded in London in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth with a mission to bring physical and emotional care to those suffering and in need, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or any other distinction. Many of the individuals who come to The Salvation Army are from under-served communities, dealing with overwhelming challenges, all too often with little or no hope.
The Greater New York Division was launched in 1880 and currently assists more than one million clients each year. We operate 38 Corps Community Centers serving the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the lower Hudson Valley. These centers offer an unparalleled breadth of services and programs such as homeless outreach, food pantry, after-school and summer camp, daycare, music, the arts, and senior activities. The Salvation Army of Greater New York also has a robust Social Services Department that includes homeless shelters, HIV services, and group homes for the developmentally disabled.